The Office of the Attorney General sponsors a volunteer Law Clerk program that provides law students with an opportunity to serve the citizens of Maryland in a wide range of legal fields from criminal investigations and consumer protection to counsel to select state agencies. Law clerks have opportunities to perform legal research and writing, participate in witness and client interviews, as well as assist with litigation of claims filed with Maryland's trial, administrative, and appellate courts.
The Maryland Attorney General's Office is the largest and finest law firm in the State. The breadth of the work performed by the Office is vast and encompasses criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities and antitrust actions, environmental enforcement, civil litigation, appellate advocacy, and representation of the State of Maryland in virtually every legal arena. As counselors and litigators for the agencies, boards, commissions, officials, and institutions of Maryland State Government, the Office has a distinguished history of addressing complex legal issues successfully. In a broad range of contexts, from protecting the Chesapeake Bay against polluters to keeping Maryland's families safe from violence and unscrupulous business practices, the Law Clerk Program gives participants a chance to help the Office make a difference in communities all across the State.
Law Clerks should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong communication and team skills, a great work ethic and a good attitude. Specific schedules will be determined based upon the needs of the division and the clerk's class and extracurricular commitments, in coordination with the law clerk's supervising attorneys. Volunteer law clerks are expected to work no less than 15-20 hours per week. Law clerks may be eligible to receive course credit.
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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ATTORNEY GENERAL AGENCIES & DIVISIONS
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ORGANIZED CRIME - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Organized Crime Unit handles complex investigations and prosecutions of criminal gang activities, firearms and narcotics trafficking, and violent felonies from serious assaults to serial murders. Prosecutions will be built upon a wide range of investigative tools, including for example wiretaps, undercover operations, and the use of the grand jury. Prosecutors in the Organized Crime Unit will also be part of the Attorney General's statewide Organized Crime Task Force, and will work with Assistant State's Attorneys and law enforcement from counties all across the state.
MEDICAID FRAUD - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and, where appropriate, prosecutes fraud on the part of health care providers participating in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program. It investigates physicians, dentists, nursing homes, transportation companies, podiatrists, durable medical equipment companies, laboratories, and other health care providers who participate in Medicaid. In addition, it may investigate and prosecute patient abuse cases in Medicaid funded facilities, and all cases "arising out of" Medicaid fraud investigations.
INSURANCE FRAUD - 525 St. Paul St., Baltimore
The Unit, staffed by the State Police, the Insurance Administration and the Attorney General's Office, investigates and prosecutes complaints of fraudulent insurance acts such as false insurance claims as well as theft by insurance professionals.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT -1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore
Environmental Enforcement works within the Criminal Division of the Attorney General's Office and also coordinates with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources as part of the Attorney General's statewide task force. Environmental Enforcement is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes throughout the State. In addition to generating its own investigations, the task force receives referrals and complaints from the Maryland Department of the Environment, county health and environmental agencies, law enforcement personnel and directly from citizens.
CRIMINAL APPEALS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The primary responsibility of the Criminal Appeals Division is to represent the state in criminal matters in Maryland's appellate courts. One attorney in the Division is Senior Counsel for Capital Litigation who, along with a select team of other senior attorneys, handles all death penalty cases in the state. The Division also serves as a consultant to the county State's Attorney's Offices and represents the state in all habeas corpus cases which are filed by state prisoners in federal court.
CONSUMER PROTECTION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Consumer Protection Division provides a mediation and arbitration service to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers, registers health clubs and new home builders, enforces consumer protection laws and produces a wide array of consumer education materials.
HEALTH INSURANCE AND CONSUMER MEDIATION- 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
These two subdivisions of Consumer Protection work to mediate consumer issues with their health insurance companies mediate consumer complaints against Maryland Businesses, respectively.
HEALTH OCCUPATIONS LITIGATION - 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore
The Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation Division (HOPL) is a group of attorneys engaged in the practice of health law. Inherent in the division's name are the two facets of HOPL's mission: prosecution and litigation. One team of attorneys serves as prosecutors in administrative disciplinary cases against members of health professions regulated by State licensing boards. Law clerks will assist HOPL's prosecutors as they build cases, draft charges, and litigate matters vital to the safety and well-being of Marylanders, such as fraud, prescription drug violations, professional misconduct, and substandard care. The other team of attorneys represents the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a broad variety of civil litigation to safeguard the Department's mission to improve the health of the State's citizens. For the law clerk, this might mean assisting an attorney who is defending a State hospital against a medical malpractice claim, or assisting in the defense of civil rights case filed against the Department in federal court.
CIVIL RIGHTS - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Civil Rights Division provides advice to the Attorney General in all matters relating to Civil Rights. In addition, the Division reviews and responds to complaints of alleged civil right violations and evaluates possible violations based on patterns or practices that have a significant impact in Maryland. They also monitor legislation that involves civil rights with a view toward making recommendations. Educational and community outreach through partnerships with advocacy groups, law enforcement and the faith community are also part of the work of the Civil Rights Division.
COURTS AND JUDICIAL AFFAIRS
The Courts and Judicial Affairs Division of the Attorney General's Office provides legal services to the Judiciary Department, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Maryland Tax Court. This includes giving legal advice and representation to court personnel, the Clerks of Court, the Register of Wills, any other court-related unit, and two independent administrative agencies.
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Legislative Affairs Division coordinates legislative activity for the Office of the Attorney General and advises the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorneys General on legislative strategy to advance policy initiatives. As such, the Division serves as primary liaison to members of the Maryland General Assembly and their staffs. The Division works closely with the relevant committees of the General Assembly as well as with individual Members who have an interest in multiple statewide legislative initiatives including public safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection issues. The Division prepares and coordinates legislative proposals, testimony, reports, briefings, posture statements, policy statements, information papers, and other matters relating to the provision of information to the General Assembly. The Division is responsible for the fostering of positive working relationships between the Office of the Attorney General and the General Assembly.
OPINIONS AND ADVICE - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Maryland Constitution directs that the Attorney General is to give an "opinion in writing whenever required by the General Assembly . . . the Governor, the Comptroller, the Treasurer or any State's Attorney on any legal matter or subject." An Opinion of the Attorney General represents the considered views of the Attorney General on a significant legal question, generally involving Maryland law or other law that governs the actions of public officials in Maryland.
CIVIL LITIGATION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Civil Division provides representation to State agencies and officials in major pieces of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Examples of cases handled in this division in recent years include tobacco litigation; constitutional challenges to State election laws and procedures; and the original jurisdiction suit in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine Virginia's claims regarding the Potomac River. In addition, this Division reviews and approves all civil litigation settlements, affirmative suits and civil appellate briefs, and conducts pre-argument moot courts for attorneys throughout the Office.
ANTITRUST DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Attorney General has statutory authority to investigate and prosecute violations of the federal and state antitrust laws. The most serious antitrust violations involve price fixing, horizontal and vertical, and allocating customers or sales territories. Under state law, both civil and criminal prosecutions are possible. The Attorney General may also file lawsuits under the federal antitrust laws. In addition to treble damage cases on behalf of Maryland governmental entities, the Attorney General may file suit representing Maryland consumers who have been injured by a violation of the federal antitrust laws. The Antitrust Division also advises the state's executive and legislative branches of government on matters involving competition.
SECURITIES DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The Securities Division functions as both a consumer protection and a regulatory agency. The Division administers and enforces the Maryland Securities Act, the Maryland Business Opportunities Sales Act, and the Maryland Franchise and Disclosure Act. Enforcement actions are usually generated by consumer complaints, referrals from other state and federal regulatory agencies, or from the Division's review of documents required by law to be submitted to it.
TOBACCO ENFORCEMENT - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
Attorneys in the Tobacco Enforcement Division are tasked with the enforcement of the 1996 settlement with tobacco companies doing business within the State.
DEPARTMENT OF AGING - 300 W. Preston Street, Baltimore
The Office of the Attorney General for the Maryland Department of Aging advises the department in its administration of programs through local "area agencies" on aging. An agency may be a unit of local government or a private, nonprofit corporation. The agencies provide services either directly to older persons or contract with public or private units to administer programs.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis
Assistant Attorneys General in the Division work toward the Agencies mission to provide leadership and support to agriculture and the citizens of Maryland by conducting regulatory, service, and educational activities that assure consumer confidence, protect the environment, and promote agriculture.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
The MSDE unit provides legal support to the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education, and provides legal advice to the Attorney General on elementary and secondary education issues, public library issues, and adult rehabilitation matters. The attorneys in the Unit represent MSDE, as well as the Maryland School for the Deaf and the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, in administrative and judicial hearings and provide daily legal guidance on a wide range of issues including special education, correctional education, adult rehabilitation, student rights and responsibilities, teacher rights and responsibilities, school financing, school administration, and public library administration.
EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
Educational Affairs is responsible for the legal representation of Maryland's public colleges and universities, and other education-related state agencies. The Division provides litigation and counseling services to the Board of Regents and thirteen institutions of the University System of Maryland, one of the nation's largest unified systems of higher education. Educational Affairs manages a heavy litigation caseload, including both judicial and administrative cases encompassing constitutional, contractual, civil rights, and personal injury claims. The Division also provides legal advice on a broad variety of legal matters and sponsors or participates in preventive counseling programs designed to assist educational administrators in anticipating and coping with legal problems.
ENERGY ADMISTRATION - 60 West Street, Annapolis
The Assistant Attorneys General at the Energy Administration work to advance he mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) working to promote affordable, reliable, clean energy. MEA's programs and policies help lower energy bills, fuel the creation of green collar jobs, address environmental and climate impacts, and promote energy independence.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT - 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore
The Office of the Attorney General for the Maryland Department of the Environment provides complete legal support to the Agency in its efforts to protect and preserve the state's air, water and land resources as well as to safeguard the environmental health of Maryland's citizens. The Office provides legal advice and consultation relating to proposed legislation, review of new and revised regulations, and the issuance of permits. It also provides legal representation in civil and administrative proceedings to enforce Maryland's environmental laws and regulations, including those relating to lead paint poisoning and pollution of water (discharge and sediment control), air (radiation and emissions control), and land (scrap tires and solid and hazardous waste).
MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE - 259 Najoles Rd, Annapolis
MES is an independent unit of State government responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and financing of water supply, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal facilities. The legal practice includes tort litigation and environmental enforcement actions; negotiating, drafting and reviewing complex contracts and real estate transactions; and assisting the agency in developing regional and intergovernmental waste disposal projects.
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES - 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore
Assistant Attorneys General advise and represent DGS on a variety of legal matters, including contracts, contractor claims and disputes, the procurement laws, tort claims against State employees, claims of the State against contractors, personnel matters, real estate transactions, building operations and maintenance, and patent, copyright and bankruptcy law.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE - 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) regulates the delivery of medical care throughout Maryland and assists more than 500,000 citizens each year in securing needed services. The Office of the Attorney General represents DHMH in a wide variety of legal proceedings ranging from Medicaid eligibility hearings to enforcement actions against health care providers. The Attorney General also serves as legal advisor to more than 100 programs that fund and regulate the State's public and private health care system.
The Office of the Attorney General has two distinct roles in representing DHMH. First, the Office serves as counselor to health care policy makers who design and administer State and federal programs. Second, attorneys specializing in health care litigation prosecute and defend the agency's regulatory, enforcement and entitlement decisions. Agency counselors advise program managers on legislative developments, regulation drafting and enforcement issues. Some attorneys serve onsite at DHMH hospitals while others assist Maryland's statewide commissions and boards that license the health care professions and administer Maryland'[s health care reimbursement programs.
DEP'T OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham
The Office represents the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on matters related to affordable housing. Our practice includes closing complex real estate transactions for the financing of affordable housing; tax-exempt bond issuance; section 8 rental assistance vouchers, including termination hearings; state and federal energy efficiency programs; closing small business loans and grants; fair housing issues; personnel issues for DHCD; and legislative efforts related to affordable housing.
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES - 311 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore
The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is the executive agency responsible for various social services programs, such as child protective services, foster care, adoption, and welfare-to-work, among others. The Department also provides child support enforcement. The range of legal services provided to the Department by the Office of the Attorney General includes: reviewing legislation and regulations, providing advice of counsel on issues affecting the Department, representing local departments of social services at the appellate level in administrative appeals, in cases involving children in need of assistance (CINA) and termination of parental rights, and representing the Department in state and federal courts at both trial and appellate levels.
MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
Assistant Attorneys General in the division work to advance the Agency role to regulate Maryland's insurance industry and protect consumers by enforcing insurance laws.
DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES - 120 W. Fayette St., Baltimore
DJS is the State's central administrative agency responsible for juvenile intake, detention authorization, investigation, probation, protective supervision and aftercare services. DJS is also responsible for the State's juvenile training and rehabilitation institutions. The Office of the Attorney General for DJS provides legal advice and counsel to the Secretary of Juvenile Services and other agency officials. Our attorneys handle litigation in state and federal courts at both trial and appellate levels and provide legal advice on a broad spectrum of issues, including juvenile justice law and policy, human services, health, confidentiality, civil rights, employment, fair housing, federal grants, tort liability, procurement and legislation.
DEP'T OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION - 500 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) provides a predictable and inclusive regulatory environment through efficient and responsive processes. DLLR safeguards Maryland's work environments through outreach and educational programs, by establishing partnerships and encouraging ongoing improvements in workplace safety and health. They foster economic growth through our collaborative, comprehensive employment and job training programs that best ensure Maryland workers have the skills Maryland employers need to succeed and grow into the future. The Office of the Attorney General provides legal advice and counsel to the Agency.
LOTTERY AND GAMING CONTROL AGENCY - 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore
The Office of the Attorney General at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency provides advice and counsel to the Agency for its traditional lottery functions in areas including lottery retailer licensing and compliance, ownership of intellectual property used in Lottery products or owned by the Agency, the conduct of Lottery games, Lottery sponsorship agreements, and enforcement of liens against delinquent lottery retailers. In the VLT-table game arena, we provide advice and counsel to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission and staff on topics including background investigations, licensing requirements, enforcement, responsible gaming, drafting license application forms, memoranda of understanding with other gaming jurisdictions, procurement and contract claims related to VLT manufacturers and the central operating system. We advise the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (Location Commission) and Agency staff in the preparation of the operation license RFPs and site evaluations, and handle legal challenges to the Location Commissions decisions as to awarding the operation licenses. We also provide advice to our clients on such topics as the Public Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, FMLA, and ADA, other personnel issues, procurement, contract claims, review of subpoenas, legislative proposals, and drafting of regulations, and we handle any litigation involving the Agency or Commission.
MARYLAND STATE POLICE - State Police Headquarters, Pikesville
The Office represents sworn officers, civilians and the State in the following kinds of cases: torts, (including wrongful death motor vehicle accidents, assaults, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, etc.), civil rights violations, including section 1983 cases and alleged violations of rights under the Maryland Declaration of Rights, as well as suits brought under Title VII, ADA, and FMLA. We also provide advice on a wide range of policy issues, personnel matters, and procurement. In addition, we represent the Fire Marshal, Handgun Roster Board, and the State Police Licensing and Automotive Safety Enforcement Divisions on issues concerning firearms transactions and licensing, handgun permits, special police commissions, private detective, security guard and security systems licensing, towing issues, and automotive inspection station licensing. We also provide advice to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
The Office of the Attorney General represents the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. A principal department of State government with approximately 1250 permanent employees (plus ~600 contractual hires), DNR is responsible for developing and implementing "policies, plans, programs, and practices which insure the preservation, development, wise use, and enjoyment of all the natural resources for [the] greatest benefits to the State and its citizens." Major programs within DNR include the State's Forest Service, Park Service, Fisheries Service, Wildlife and Heritage Service, and the Natural Resources Police. In addition, the Department houses the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Commission and the Maryland Environmental Trust. Our attorneys advise these programs on contractual and regulatory actions, undertake both affirmative and defensive litigation on their behalf, and review proposed real estate transactions.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING - 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore
AAGs in the Division work with the Department as they provide guidance, analysis, outreach and support to ensure that all of the state's natural resources, built environment and public assets are preserved and protected to achieve its goals for economic, community and environmental vitality.
DEP'T OF PUBLIC SAFETY & CORRECTIONAL SERVICES - 300 E. Joppa Road, Towson
The Office of the Attorney General for the DPSCS provides advice and counsel to the Agency as they work to continue to safely provide corrections, pre-trial and parole services in the State.
CORRECTIONAL LITIGATION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore
Almost wholly federal court practice, Correctional Litigation defends against prisoner civil rights cases brought against State employees at both the appellate and trial levels. Issues focus upon religious rights, medical care, use of force, failure to protect, the ADA and Rehab. Act, denial of due process and all aspects of prisoner life. Not for the faint of heart. The Division engages in a heavy motions practice, as well as challenging trial work, discovery and mediation.
STATE RETIREMENT AND PENSION SYSTEMS - 120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore
The Office of the Attorney General for the Retirement and Pension System provides advice and counsel to this pension trust fund, which provides retirement allowances and other benefits to state employees, teachers, police, judges, legislators and employees of participating governmental units. Supervision of the trust fund is vested in a 14-member board of trustees, and this office provides advice on matters related to administration, management and investment of the funds, and advice on applicable state and federal laws.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD
Assistant Attorneys General for the Department of Transportation are assigned to the various units within the Department, including the Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, and the State Highway Administration. Transportation matters involve a diverse range of legal issues, including contract review, procurement issues, real estate matters, labor issues, environmental concerns, and commercial and financial transactions.
The Thurgood Marshall Opportunity Law Clerkship is a summer collaborative effort of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and several local law firms to attract diverse students who demonstrate not only a devotion to public service and the public good, but also exceptional leadership potential. The goal is to encourage these students to consider public sector service during their legal careers, and to provide these students with an excellent summer internship that enhances their future employment opportunities. Selected participants will serve in one of the several divisions at the downtown Baltimore location of the Office of the Attorney General. The clerkship program is 8 weeks and includes various receptions and events for the law clerks as well.
For more information please see the program guide and FAQs.